Logan Kanapathi was elected as the new MPP of the Markham - Thornhill riding in 2018, winning over 50 per cent of the popular vote.
His early childhood and adolescence were spent in Sri Lanka during the violent civil war. He was outspoken critic of the government’s policies and a respected voice for the rights of Tamil minorities, and the many atrocities that were being committed against them. His influence and profile soon endangered him, and his family, and he fled Sri Lanka as a refugee in 1983 for fear of his life.
His strong commitment to social justice and human rights never wavered and friends and colleagues encouraged him to enter politics in Canada.
In 2006 he entered the Markham municipal election and became the first Tamil elected to public office in North America by winning a ward councillor seat. He easily regained his ward seat in the subsequent municipal elections in 2010 and 2014.
As a Markham Councillor for twelve years he was known for his deep-seated caring and commitment to financial affordability for residents, social issues, human rights and the value of diversity in the community.
During his term of office, he served as Markham’s Budget Chief and Budget Vice Chair for 7 years, helping lead Markham’s long standing for the lowest tax rates in the GTA. Through his leadership and focus on inclusivity and diversity he led Markham Council’s proclamation for Tamil Heritage Month, the condemnation of the Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in Sri Lanka, 16 new parks/greenspaces, and a world class cricket pitch and sports field. Logan is also the celebrated champion of the famous Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival, the largest single day event of its kind in Ontario.
Markham – Thornhill is one of the largest ridings in the City of Markham and York Region with a population over 100,000 within an area of 42 km². The electoral district is bordered by Bayview Avenue to the west, Steeles Avenue to the South, Highway 407 to the north and the Rouge River to the east.
Markham is the most ethnically diverse municipality in Canada, and the Markham – Thornhill area reflects this diversity in ethnicity and in its the local neighbourhoods. Markham-Thornhill is a combination of rich heritage in Thornhill upscale urban neighbourhoods to the east, a vibrant commercial areas on Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue, world class hiking trails, the scenic Rouge River Valley and fine Asian and South Asian Cuisines throughout. A quality community to live, work and play.